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Lauritzen Gardens

JM2 won the prestigious Build Nebraska Award for Specialty Contractor at the AGC Fall Conference in November for its submission of the Lauritzen Gardens project with Kiewit Building Group. The Lauritzen Gardens Conservatory project is a 17,500 SF dramatic glass structure located in Omaha and overlooks the Missouri River. This project was unique by just the very nature of being an ornate glass structure with heights up to 48’high, complex concrete walls and deck structure inside with very specific climate controlled mechanical systems along with working around a running stream bed with ponds and fountains. The site access was difficult being shoehorned in between a steep hill on the West and owner occupied areas to the East, North and South. Access into the building, in order to bring in equipment and materials, was also difficult by being relegated to one opening. Overall we utilized 9 material suppliers.  All of the stone and brick materials had long lead-times for preparation and review

of the shop drawings and for fabrication. We then needed to coordinate the arrival of these materials with the other sub-trades and Kiewit’s demanding schedule. Each brick was hand-made and 10 different shapes were required for the correct look the architect was trying to achieve. Each shape was reviewed and approved by the architect, and the brick had a fabrication lead-time of 4 months. The stone veneer for the streambeds and fountains also had a 4 month lead-time and our crews had to work closely with the architect to achieve the design intent for the streambed and fountains. Computer generated drawings were prepared showing how the stone was to be cut and placed in the streambeds. In addition, Brian Swift  prepared other computer generated drawings to help coordinate the work for ourselves as well as to coordinate the work with the other trades.


On this project, JM2 was responsible to lay all of the stone veneer (1,200 sf) at the elevator shaft, all of the specialty cut stone for the stair landings and stair risers, set all of the cut limestone copings at all of the planters and fountains (1,514 lf), laid all of the individually hand-made brick (32,510 ea), all of the cottonwood limestone veneer (2,700 sf) at the fountains and stream beds (195 tons) which had to be individually cut,  and all of the Mankato stone tile in the bathrooms and gallery overlook areas.


This project was worthy of the Build Nebraska Award due to the aesthetic beauty of the interior and exterior of the building, the inherent difficulty of constructing this unique project, the coordination of all of the material suppliers with a demanding schedule. This project couldn’t have been a success without the dedication of the field crew by having the skills and experience necessary to set the wide variety of stone and brick materials in order to achieve the unique look and quality required by the architect.


Thanks to the JM2 Team for their hard work!

Pic 2 Bldg interior (1) Pic 8 Radius brick walls BNA picture